The question that this movie seeks to answer is stated outright in the first line: Life was given to us a billion years ago. What have we done with it?
Starring the wonderful Scarlett Johansson, along with Morgan Freeman and directed by Luc Besson, Lucy is the story of a woman who unwittingly unlocks more of her brain’s capacity than most normal humans use. Although this sadly isn’t true, it’s an intriguing idea that makes for a great story.
The start of the work is very visual, using flashes of wild animals to get us inside Lucy’s head, and help us to feel the same emotions that she is feeling. It works well, and establishes her character quickly, which is always important in a transformation story.
Lucy survives the initial encounter with an organised crime boss, and her life changes forever as she turns the tables on him and decides to mercilessly take them down. Lucy enlists the help of Professor Norman (Morgan Freeman) and Pierre Del Rio (Amr Waked) of the French Police. While the majority of what Lucy does throughout the film would class her as a ‘kick-ass hottie’, there are also moments of vulnerability, such as the telephone call to her mother from a hospital.
It becomes clear in the last act of the film that Lucy has accepted her fate, and she bravely and single-mindedly pursues her quest to leave humanity the ultimate gift before her supply of the drug runs out.
CONCLUSION: An intriguing idea transformed into an interesting movie.
Overall rating: Not necessarily everyone's cup of tea, but definitely worth a watch.
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